Nordic food is defined as food developed in the Nordic countries and Scandinavia.
Nordic countries are countries in the geographical and cultural region of Northern Europe and the North Atlantic, otherwise known as Norden or “The North!” These countries would be Denmark,Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, including their associated territories – Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Åland Islands.
Scandinavia is defined as a historical and cultural region in Northern Europe characterized by ethno-cultural North Germanic heritage. Such countries would be Denmark, Norway and Sweden!
In fact, I found that even though I couldn’t understand the Danish language, I could understand it when I read it, as it’s somewhat similar to German, as is the Dutch language. In Holland!
Nordic countries are similar in their way of life, history, language and social structure as well as weather!
In 2004, these countries have come together to promote what is known as New Nordic Cuisine.
New Nordic Cuisine is food that promotes local, natural and seasonal produce, using local ingredients, in combination with traditional food, prepared in new ways and preservation techniques such as drying, fermenting, smoking, salting, pickling and preserving meat, vegetables, fruits and fish, that have for centuries enabled people to survive the long, dark winters of the Nordic region!
The person who put Nordic food on the international map was René Redzepi – the founder and brain behind NOMA – the world’s best restaurant located in an 18th century waterfront building in Christianshavn, on the other side of the harbor!
It is No. 1 on the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” unseating the El Bulli restaurant in Spain, causing a media frenzy, and initiating more than 100,000 reservation requests within just a few days!
René is that man who turned Danish food upside down, and invented and popularized the idea of Nordic cuisine, taking what was originally just a pastry, bread and cod nation, into the path of international gastronomy and cuisine!
Getting a table at Noma is near impossible, but the best way to get a shot is to call and see if there are cancellations for lunch, as the same menu is served all day long.
Sadly, we only had an extremely limited amount of time in Copenhagen, and couldn’t afford to wait, but if you’ve got a few more days, go ahead and try your luck!
One thinks of a barren remote wasteland. A place of isolation. A territory where nothing grows, except for such delights as seafood, bread and salted cod, accompanied by stolen wine drunk in skulls, and some sort of home-made vodka!
However, Danish food has been upgraded and revitalized.
Here we go!
TOP 9 REASONS WHY DANISH FOOD ISN’T JUST SMORREBROD, SEASONAL BERRIES & HERBS!
The Nordic Food Movement has introduced a rediscovery of ingredients, creative adaptation of raw materials, new approaches to traditional techniques, and a way to integrate food and natural flavour into todays’ healthy organic gourmet hipster lifestyle!
Here are nine (9) reasons why:
SEAFOOD such as:
raw razor clams with parsley jelly, buttermilk snow and horseradish
turbot roe and vinegar dust
mussels with buttermilk and green strawberries
Danish Fjord Shrimp
MEAT such as:
hand-sliced beef tartar served with crushed juniper and a tarragon emulsion
grouse breast with blueberry sauce
a venison sandwich with bacon, chestnut creme fraiche, and lingonberry jam
fried bacon with ramsons and grilled cucumber
curls of raw, bright-red semi-frozen veal
fried chicken liver with beetroot tartar
tartare of musk ox
roast leg of lamb
SAVOURY DISHES such as:
blodpølse or black pudding
finker or Danish haggis!
creamy pearl barley with St. George’s mushrooms, pickled onions and grated cheese
Lindström patties with pickled beets, capers, horseradish and chives, served with pan‑fried potatoes and mangetout
Potato and leek soup with lumpfish roe and sour cream
hokkaido soup with parsley oil and honey roasted pumpkin seeds
rye beer chips with chive skyr
FRUIT such as:
pears poached in mulled wine accompanied by a gateau riche
toasted hardanger apples
VEGETABLES such as:
white asparagus with poached egg yolk and woodruff sauce
purple borecole salad with baked celeriac and apple corns
hot kale salad with dates and capers
potato soup with nettles
brussel sprout salad and onion relish
vintage carrot and camomile
HERBS & SPICES such as:
ramson shoots and buds
dried algae powder
BREAD & PASTRIES such as:
smørrebrød or open-faced sandwich!
wienerbrød or Danish pastry!
øllebrød or rye bread
rugbrød or sour bread
ymerdrys or junket crumble of grated rye bread and brown sugar
pariserbøf or minced beef patty, fried egg, onion, capers and pickled beetroot on rye bread!
stjerneskud or fish fillet with shrimps, caviar and tomato slices on white bread!
rugbrød med leverpostej or rye bread with liverpâté!
DESSERT such as:
blueberry mousse with lemon foam
kladdkaka or Swedish chocolate cake
cookies layered with veal speck and dried currant garnished with single fresh pine buds!
savory Æbleskiver or aebleskiver pancake puffs dusted with vinegar powder and served with pickled cucumber marmalade
rødgrød med fløde or red groats
Skyr panna cotta with berries and liquorice
Flødeboller or teacake
skumbananer or banana flavoured marshmallow covered in chocolate!
DRINKS such as:
hvidtøl or white beer
home-grown sea hawthorn beer
Carlsberg Danish beer
Tuborg Danish beer
Amager Bryghus brewing independent Danish craft beers and ales
And let’s not forget of course:
Danish lakrids or Danish Liquorice!
Top 9 reasons why Danish food isn’t just smørrebrød, seasonal berries & herbs, but can be awfully tasty!
This article is not sponsored, and all opinions about charming tasty Danish Nordic food on a smørrebrød, or any other brød, are my very own!
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Have you ever had a smørrebrød? Would you try Danish or Nordic food? Have your say!
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